On Veterans Day, we talk to three people with prominent roles in both the military community & BJJ communities: Ricardo Tubbs, black belt, active duty service member & owner of Da Firma Training Center, Julia Gumpert from Mission 22, a nonprofit dedicated to ending suicide among veterans (and using jiujitsu as a tool); and Jason Mask, a Navy veteran and purple belt with a message: all veterans should try jiujitsu.
Also, big news: One year. 58 shows. More than 60 videos about technique, nutrition, live event coverage and funny things. Plus, the occasional webcomic.
It’s been an amazing year. Now it’s time to take it to the next level — which means a couple of big changes.
First, the name of the show is changing. We want a name that’s going to reflect our focus on Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and more broadly the healthy lifestyle associated with jiu-jitsu. A lot of you know I have a blog called Dirty White Belt. The idea behind the name is that as my belt gets darker, I always want to retain the white belt attitude of consistently learning. I want to learn forever, and this project is a way to stay on that journey with my fellow travelers.
With that in mind, the new name of the show will be Dirty White Belt Radio. But that’s not the only big change.
We’re creating a new website which will launch at DirtyWhiteBelt.com that will house ALL the content we produce — podcasts, blog posts, video instructionals about jiu-jitsu, food and nutrition, webcomics, and a unified events calendar for seminars, tournaments, superfight events and MMA fights throughout the Southeast. We’ll also have ways you can support the charities we back, as well as ways to support other local North Carolina brands.
We want you to expect more from us. We’re still going to have the content you’ve come to expect — just more of it and a better version. We’ll always focus locally on jiujitsu and other fighting arts in the Carolinas and beyond, but now we’re going to be bringing in more big, national guests, especially guests with historical significance. (We already have some interviews recorded that I can’t wait to share with you). We’re also going to produce more regular bonus content to go along with the podcast — things like videos and comics.
All of this will be housed at the (currently under construction) dirtywhitebelt.com. We hope to launch the website on Jan. 1, to start next year. And we had so much fun at the ConcussionCast Carnival last year, we hope to do another live event in 2017!
In the meantime, we’re going to slowly transition everything under the Dirty White Belt label.
What does this mean for you, the listener and supporter? Not much, I don’t think. Now begins the process of transitioning to the new name on iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and our various social media channels. If you already subscribe to us in one or more of those places, you shouldn’t need to do anything else — and if you don’t subscribe already, please do. And be aware that when you see something from “Dirty White Belt,” that’s us.
Our goals remain the same: to shine a light on all the fantastic things happening in our local scene, and to talk to the great people making them happen; to bring you the best possible interviews with both local folks and legends of the fighting arts; and to spread the word about jiujitsu to everyone who needs to hear it. And everyone needs to hear it.
Thanks for listening, and for hanging with us through this exciting transition!